Late November 1944: After their historic penetration of the German Winter Line in the High Vosges Mountains, these medics supporting 2d Battalion, 398th Infantry Regiment use the early winter sunlight to dry out their equipment. Taken in the Division Assembly area near Sarrebourg, France, this photo captures Technician 5th Grade Howard Fontaine of Escanaba, Michigan (left of center, without helmet, looking toward the camera) and Technician 5th Grade Alfred H. Kelley of Seal Cove, Maine (standing immediately to the left of driver's seat of the jeep, looking at the camera) pursuing the mundane maintenance tasks that are nevertheless critical for sustained success in combat operations.
Photo by Technician 3d Grade Doug Smyth of New Milford, Connecticut, a medic supporting the 2d Battalion, 398th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division. This photo was taken with a Kodak 127 Vest Pocket Folding Camera, which Doug carried in a pouch on his pistol belt. The negatives were developed using captured German chemicals.